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Blue Popsicles chronicles the 11 years Ms. Ife spent in the Ohio Soldiers' & Sailors' Orphans' Home in Xenia, Ohio, an institution admired for its palatial buildings, high academic standards and the opportunities all that represented, yet abhorred for its disciplinary treatment of America's most vulnerable children: orphans. Recounted from a child's perspective, Blue P ...more
Paperback, 252 pages
Published April 1st 2002 by Xulon Press
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This was a wonderful book of fiction. It reminds me very much of a book I read a few years ago, entitled "Jesus Land." "Blue Popsicles" tells the story of a young girl named Nancy who lives on the West side of Dayton in the mid-1950's. Her mother dies while in child birth with her 9th child when Nancy is only 6 years old. Her father decides he cannot possibly care for all his children as a single parent and sends them to a children's orphanage in Xenia. Nancy's tale of growing up in this particu ...more
I read this book because my biological grandmother, along with her siblings, was placed in The Ohio Sailors' and Soldiers' Orphanage Home back in 1902--not because they were orphaned but because her parents were indigent. I think being placed there at the tender age of six had a tremendous negative impact on my grandmother. But like Ms. Ife she was a survivor. I appreciated Ms. Ife's honest telling as it opened a window to the daily stuggles that alot of these children had to endure without a mo ...more